Sunday, August 29, 2010

Everything Is Illuminated


Isn't that picture pretty? Well, just some random picture I took from the net. Well, actually after the Book Thief, I felt like I didn't want to read anymore stories about Hitler and the Holocaust because it was too depressing, yet, throughout the times, people are still haunted by it, many books have been written about it. Such profound is the effect of the Holocaust to the world we live in today. Yeah, I do think it is one of the most inhumane thing that has ever been done, and I acknowledge the damage it did to the world, but to read about it? That's very depressing. Even for my literature analysis essay, I chose not to write about the Holocaust, despite the wider selections of titles that has the Holocaust as its theme. Quite a number of interesting titles, if I had the time, I would have read them, since it is on the list of recommended literature analysis titles, then most must have been quite good. I loved The Time Machine, and perhaps, I might write about the underlying issue of capitalism. To me, I'm sorry if it sounds blasphemous to make this comparison, but not to say that I actually am equating the fictional character as such, but the Time Traveler's time travelling is a tad bit reminiscient of Prophet Muhammad's (p.b.u.h.) ascend to the heavens. He got a 'preview' the punishments that await sinners, and the rewards that await the do-gooders? The Time Traveler in this sense is conveying a message to his fellow men of the fate of mankind's future if they carried on with their current system. In a way, it is a criticism of the political governance in Britain at that time. Yeah, a background search shows that Wells has been educated in Marxism, which shows his biased view on how the socio-political system must change so that we don't end up like the Elois and the Morlocks. There are lots of interesting scientific concepts as well, like Einstein's Relativity Theory and Entropy, how everything would soon die out. Though interesting it may be, I don't think I will write on that. Perhaps, I'd score better with how the book's message made an impact on the readers.
Anyway, Taylor's library sure has lots of interesting books. Even now I have an ever-growing wishlist of books. Remember me wanting Life of Pi? I'll be studying it for English4U next year, so, due to the really tight budget, I'll have to wait to get it.
And back to the topic of Communism and Holocaust, the picture is from the film Everything Is Illuminated, the title is interesting, and the cover's nice, and it has good critical acclaim, as I read the synopsis, I can't help but go, "uhh..another Holocaust-themed story", but I feel like reading it. Some time soon.....later..

(Lord of the Flies second draft awaiting =.=" ..two lab reports pending, Mr. Andrew still has my lab notebook).

oh, and self reminder: this Wednesday, please text Teacher Norma and Teacher Rozi so that they'd pass my graduation picture to my brother when he comes back for Raya. The international term is 'Eid', by the way.

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